In a press release, ABC has announced a 30 minute American Idol preview to air ahead of the Oscars on Sunday (Feb 24). In addition, a musical performance will be broadcast during the Oscar telecast. I’m guessing the performance will air as an extended taped promo/bumper before a commercial break. Check out ABC’s announcement and schedule below.
ABC is rolling out the red carpet, showcasing a 30-minute promotional special American Idol: A New Journey Begins on Oscar Sunday, FEB. 24, ahead of the highly anticipated award show.
In the special, host Ryan Seacrest sits down with judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie to discuss the return of the iconic series and share a preview of this year’s crop of new talent.
In addition to a behind-the-scenes look at American Idol, viewers at home will also be treated to a momentous musical performance featuring auditionees from the upcoming premiere episode. Set in one of the most iconic locations – the heart of Hollywood – this rooftop musical production will be shown during the live broadcast of the 91st Oscars and will include a special appearance by Ryan Seacrest.
Additionally, the panel will answer fan questions and share behind-the-scenes secrets. The special will join the previously announced “Whiskey Cavalier” sneak preview in rounding out a star-studded Oscar Sunday.
American Idol is returning to ABC TV on SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (8:00 – 10:00 p.m. EST)
Below is the full Oscar Sunday (FEB 24) schedule:
EASTERN STANDARD TIME
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Oscars Countdown: The Red Carpet LIVE!
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – American Idol: A New Journey Begins
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From the Red Carpet
8:00 – 11:00 p.m. – The Oscars
11:35 p.m. – 12:35 a.m. – Whiskey Cavalier – “Pilot: Sneak Peek”
PACIFIC STANDARD TIME
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Oscars Countdown: The Red Carpet LIVE!
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – American Idol: A New Journey Begins
3:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live From the Red Carpet
5:00 – 8:00 p.m. – The Oscars
10:00 – 11:00 p.m. – Whiskey Cavalier – “Pilot: Sneak Peek”